Top 20 Questions For Landlords and Legal Tenant Screening

Top 20 Questions to Ask Renters Tenant Screening in Florida

Top 20 Questions to Ask Renters by Joe Jennings

So, you’re at the point where it’s time to come up with questions to ask potential renters. How exciting! Here are a few top screening questions to start you off that you can ask over the phone before showing the property:


  1. Do you currently rent, and if so, where?
  2. How long have you lived in your current home?
  3. Why are you looking for a new place to live?
  4. What date would you want to move in?
  5. What kind of work do you do?
  6. What is a rough estimate of your income?
  7. How many people would be living with you?
  8. How many people living with you smoke?
  9. How many parking spaces would you require if you rent here?
  10. How many pets do you have?
  11. Do you think your current landlord will give you a favorable reference?
  12. Does your current landlord know you are thinking of moving?
  13. Have you ever had an eviction?
  14. Are you familiar with our rental application process?
  15. Are there any issues I should know about before I run a background screening for all the adults in the household?
  16. Have you filed for bankruptcy recently?
  17. Will you be fine to pay our lease application fee of ($ amount) if you fill out the application?
  18. Would you be able to pay the security deposit of ($ amount) at the lease signing?
  19. Are you willing to sign a 1-year lease agreement?
  20. Do you have any questions for me about the process?

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Based on what kind of answers the caller provides, you may be able to save both of you a lot of time and energy. For example, after you ask about the caller’s pets and you explain your pet policy, you both may come to the understanding that their application would be denied based on pet ownership.
They may also learn something about the rental that doesn’t suit them and declines to pursue the property any further. Either way, you have conducted an efficient pre-showing interview that gives you time to work with truly qualified applicants.

At Sunny & Associates Property Management, a thorough phone screening process is standard practice. By vetting applicants early on, landlords can save time and ensure dealings with genuinely qualified candidates. Ultimately, the focus should revolve around key factors such as credit history, criminal record, rental history, and employment status. These elements provide a holistic view of potential tenants, facilitating informed decisions.

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